Your Ministry – Walk by the Spirit

If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit.”

That’s how Paul concluded Galatians 5 where he contrasts the ways of the flesh with the fruit of the Spirit.

We live by the Spirit.

“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one immersion, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in us all. But to each one of us, the grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Messiah” (Ephesians 4:1-7).

Through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Spirit when we are born again (Titus 3:4-7). We are born again when we repent from the ways of the flesh and believe, as Peter instructed “repent and believe”(Acts 2). That is when we put off the old man and put on the new man, “who in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth” (Ephesians 4:24).

We walk by the Spirit in the character produced by the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Messiah have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts” (Galatians 5:22-24).

That depth of character is vital to one another relationships with our brothers and sisters in the body of Messiah.Through the power of the Spirit, those fruits of the Spirit flow out of our hearts and minds in Messiah Jesus.

The fruit of the Spirit comes forth as we grow up in all ways in Messiah.

…“until all of us are united in the faith and in the full knowledge of God’s Son, and until we attain mature adulthood and the full standard of development in the Messiah. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed like waves and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, or by clever strategies that would lead us astray. Instead, by speaking the truth in love, we will grow up completely and become one with the head, that is, one with the Messiah, in whom the whole body is united and held together by every ligament with which it is supplied. As each individual part does its job, the body builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:13-16 ISV).

In community of our King, the character produced by the Spirit leads to in depth one another relationships in the fellowship we thrive in.

Love – Beloved, let us love one another. Love is of God. God is love. God pours His love into our hearts by the Spirit. Jesus is the Vine, we are the branches. By His life flowing into us by the Spirit of Christ, He leads us to love one another.

That in person love is established in our homes and spreads to one another from there. It is wonderfully demonstrated in the love a husband has for his wife.

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Messiah also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it; that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the assembly to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without defect. Even so husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies” (Ephesians 5:25-28).

That how our natural father loved our mother; as Messiah loved us. Our natural father also nurtured us in the fear and admonition of God. By her love, our natural mother tenderly cared for us. She made our life better, whether it was a toddlers owie, a teenagers heart break or an adults troubles. By our love, we nurture one another. Anything we do that is motivated by God’s love is a good work we are created in Messiah to walk in.

Joy – Joy wells up within us. By the Spirit we feel God’s our fathers love and Jesus’ love. For the joy that was set before Him, Jesus endured the cross. He could see all God’s people believing in Him, being saved and inheriting eternal life in the kingdom that is to come. The angels rejoice with us when another is saved. Jesus could also see the Holy Spirit quickening our love working in fellowship with one another in His body. And, us basking in one an others love.

“Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, “Rejoice!” Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Messiah Yeshua” (Philippians 4:4-7).

Peace – The peace that passes comprehension keeps our hearts and minds in Messiah Jesus. We keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one immersion, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in us all. But to each one of us, the grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Messiah” (Ephesians 4:1-7).

Patience – In patience that comes from the Spirit, we are not easily provoked to anger, wrath or vengeance. We are longsuffering when afflicted by others. Even when we are cut off in traffic or demeaned, our speech is with grace seasoned with salt.

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:5-6).

Kindness – “Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but only what is good for building others up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear. Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Messiah forgave you” (Ephesians 4:29-32).

Goodness – May our God “count you worthy of the calling, and may He fulfil all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of the faith in power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.” From 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Young’s Literal Translation.

At the beginning of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul shows us God’s plan for us is: 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, …12 to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory …14 to the praise of his glory.

Faithfulness – This fruit of the Spirit can be described as integrity. Faithfulness is trustfulness. It is the character trait of standing for what you say you will do and doing it. When we walk in faithfulness, we are faithful to God and we can be depended on in our one another relationships with fellow members of the body of Christ and with those who are without.

Gentleness – “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good conduct that his deeds are done in gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and don’t lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:13-18).

Self-control – “Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another” (Mark 9:50).

Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Messiah has made us free, and don’t be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

“This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don’t tell the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Yeshua the Messiah, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we haven’t sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:5-10). Cf. 2 Peter 1:1-8

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Unless otherwise noted, all scripture quoted above is from the World Messianic Bible. It is public domain. https://ebible.org/engwmb/index.htm

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